Aston Martin Valkyrie
Sühlmann, who has worked for Mercedes, the PSA Group and Volkswagen before moving to hypercar-maker Bugatti as its exterior creative development boss, arrives at a time Aston Martin’s line-up is gaining faster and more driver-focused models.
The Valkyrie hypercar stands out as a halo product, but the upcoming DBS Superleggera and rumoured new Vanquish look set to become more accessible examples of the shift, which will move Aston Martin away from its existing rivals like Bentley and closer to supercar makers such as Ferrari and McLaren.
The new DB11 and Vantage have kick-started the transition, while the DBS Superleggera, which is due for reveal next month, is hot on their heels, with a 700bhp turbocharged V12 engine. In 2021, a reborn Vanquish, first scooped by Autocar, will arrive as a rival to the Ferrari 488 GTB and McLaren 720S.